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By Anthony V. Phillips

This paintings develops a topological analogue of the classical Chern-Weil idea as a style for computing the attribute periods of relevant bundles whose structural crew isn't really unavoidably a Lie team, yet just a cohomologically finite topological crew. Substitutes for the instruments of differential geometry, corresponding to the relationship and curvature kinds, are taken from algebraic topology, utilizing paintings of Adams, Brown, Eilenberg-Moore, Milgram, Milnor, and Stasheff. the result's a synthesis of the algebraic-topological and differential-geometric methods to attribute classes.In distinction to the 1st method, particular cocycles are used, in an effort to spotlight the impact of neighborhood geometry on international topology. not like the second one, calculations are performed on the small scale instead of the infinitesimal; in truth, this paintings should be seen as a scientific extension of the statement that curvature is the infinitesimal kind of the disorder in parallel translation round a rectangle. This booklet should be used as a textual content for a complicated graduate path in algebraic topology.

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Where a = S*(aO,/? '). Let us calculate some examples. 23 1) u Aw = 5*;4 ! 2) Let t = S*p[ '; then w A i = 5*p2 J 3)«Au; = - 5 » ^ 1 ) + p ( 2 ) ] . Proof. As paradigmatic 2-cells we may take the following faces of H = ^ (see Fig. 2): K2 = d3H = # < 0 1 2 > G C<2), / ^ = d2H = V * #<23> G C ^ , and in d 3 # = V = 7id - 7(i2) the simplex K0 = 7id G C20) with vertices V<03>, Kcoi>V and VVV<23>. ) For the 2-cubes K\ and K%, let II' be the partition {first coordinate}U {second coordinate}, and IT" the opposite.

21 There exists a fundamental (n + l)-cocycle tB{n + l) on B? 22 Now it is time to analyze in more detail the relationship between cocycle representatives of a generator X{ of Hni{G\ R ) and its transgression yi G i f n * + 1 ( i ? G ; R ) . To simplify the notation we shall omit the subscript i = 1 , . . , n until further notice, so we consider a generator A TOPOLOGICAL CHERN-WEIL THEORY 25 x of Hn(G]H). m. representation of x\ then in particular (p^*t(n) = X is a cocycle on Qn that represents x.

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2. Here K is regarded as a chain in Gr-i by means of the standard subdivision of a cube into simplices. )* m7+i+1 7 -v*;K(J)) ® ^(i).

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